This excerpt taken from the UNH DEF 14A filed Apr 23, 2009.
Employment Agreements and Post-Employment Payments and Benefits
In 2006 and 2007, the Company entered into new employment agreements with each of our named executive officers, as described in greater detail in Executive Employment Agreements. None of these agreements provides for fixed minimum annual equity awards, fixed cash incentive awards or perquisites. The Companys policies related to post-employment payments and benefits do not provide for enhanced cash severance payments upon termination in connection with a change-in-control or for excise tax gross up payments payable in connection with a change in control. The Company also does not have supplemental executive retirement plan obligations for its named executive officers, other than Mr. Hemsley. In 2006, Mr. Hemsley and the Company agreed to freeze his supplemental executive retirement plan at $10.7 million.
The employment agreements with our named executive officers provide for certain severance payments in connection with their termination of employment under various circumstances, typically
termination by the Company without cause or in some cases by the executive officer for a good reason. See the Executive Employment Agreements and Potential Payments Upon Termination or Change-in-Control for additional information regarding potential severance payments that may be made to named executive officers. We have provided these post-employment payments and benefits and severance payment triggers because they have enabled us to obtain specific post-employment non-competition, non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements with our executive officers that we believe are of value to the Company and our shareholders.
Our equity award agreements typically provide that the awards become fully vested and exercisable if the executive officers employment ends due to death or disability, or if a change in control of the Company occurs. We adopted acceleration of the vesting of equity awards upon a change in control in 1994 to offer our executive officers greater protection in the context of a corporate restructuring. Our equity award agreements also generally provide for continued vesting and exercisability during any period in which an executive officer receives severance and for continued exercisability of an award for a limited period of time after termination of employment for other reasons. In addition, certain equity awards granted from 2002 to 2005 and in 2009 provide for continued vesting and exercisability for up to five years after retirement, subject to certain conditions.